WOW! it’s hot. 97 degrees right now at 1:20 in the afternoon. So the kids and I are hunkered down inside the relative comfort of our house (glad we have lots of shady trees around) watching some movies and reading.
But, I wanted to share some interesting (at least to me) links. The other day I found THIS ARTICLE on the NPR website about some environmentally conscious guys who make computer-animated music videos and commercials. Check out the story. I love the Hobbit-hut! If I was twenty years old again I might join them! But that led me to a music video they made for Björk which I find absolutely strange and cool. The song is called ‘Wanderlust’ and you can see the video HERE.
That somehow led me to a link to the Robot Chicken cable show and this charming video of an opera version of the film ‘Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn called Le Wrath di Khan. The Robot Chicken show may be a bit risque/offensive to some of you gentle readers, but I found this particular video amusing. Also some of their ‘Star Wars’ parodies are quite hilarious.
Moving on, here’s a link to the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, which I love and makes me laugh a lot, and an interview he did with Neil Gaiman.
And while exploring Youtube music videos I found these interesting tidbits featuring a musical instrument called the Eigenharp Alpha: Eigenharp Alpha. the future of music. And Battlestar Galactica Cylon theme on Eigenharp Alpha by G. Bevin. There’s a lot of potential for this thing. And it’s similarity to instruments from the Star Wars cantina scene is pretty groovy!
And speaking of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ music, here is the composer himself playing music from the show: Bear McCreary – Prelude to War – Solo Piano.
One more entry; the British band Chameleon Circuit, starring Charlie McDonald and friends has a new CD of pretty good music with a ‘Doctor Who’ theme. Check Charlie’s Youtube page for info HERE. And you can listen to the entire album HERE. I’m going to purchase it! Arthur loves the band!
That is all for today. Keep cool, friends.
The other day my wife posted a link on her Facebook page of this entitled “Procrastination”. It was a rather entertaining video, and led me to the official Youtube website of the young author, a British lad named Charlie McDonnell. Charlie is twenty years old at present and I think he started making his video blog about four years ago. My son Arthur (age 8 1/2) came in and we started watching more of Charlie’s videos. And soon realized it was hard to stop. They are very funny! This young guy is a natural entertainer. He’s fantastically inventive, witty, insightful, and has a delightfully endearing personality.
We soon discovered that Charlie (being British) is a huge fan of the ‘Doctor Who’ TV series. And he’s also a musician who is in a band called ‘Chameleon Circuit‘ who perform their own original songs about ‘Doctor Who’! And the songs I’ve heard are really fun! The band is working on their second CD right now. Here are some samples for all you fans of The Doctor out there:
I think this guy has a great future ahead of him in entertainment of many kinds. And Arthur and my daughter Fiona have been having a riot watching Charlie’s work on-line! So have I. Isn’t this Youtube thing pretty groovy? Anybody can post videos, but Charlie really has talent. Check him out.